EPA's Clean Power Plan timeline delay may help repel legal challenges
Pushing forward the Clean Power Plan's starting date to 2022 will appease some critics and could bolster U.S. EPA's defenses against lawsuits. But EPA's final rule will have to ensure overall emissions reductions to keep environmental advocates and international climate negotiators happy.
Reflecting on BP's 'Beyond Petroleum' shift, new study puts climate change responsibility on energy companies
In May 1997, Lord John Browne, BP PLC's chief executive at the time, delivered a stem-winding speech to about 100 people at Stanford University to "discuss in a calm and rational way a subject which raises great emotion." That subject was climate change -- a matter weighed down by "a lot of noise in the data" but, ultimately, one of scientific consensus, BP's top man said. The speech signaled a new era for the energy giant. Yet, according to the authors of a new essay examining who is responsible for the warming planet, the world's biggest energy companies have essentially done nothing since then to address their contribution to climate change.